Daffodils: magnificent flowers

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The daffodil is a very pretty flower, characterized by its beautiful yellow color.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name : Narcissus
Family : Amaryllidaceae
Type: Spring bulb

Height
: 10 to 40 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Soil : Ordinary Flowering period : From February to April

Planting and tending will enhance flowering, which can even become a real spectacle when daffodils or narcissus are planted in groups.

Daffodil planting

Daffodils are easy plants that do well in most gardens but will bloom best in rather rich soils.

For spring flowering:

Daffodil bulbs are best planted in September, October and November .

  • Make a hole about 3 times the height of the bulb to protect it from winter frosts.
  • Make sure the soil is well-drained, as standing water could cause the bulb to rot.
  • If the soil is compact, do not hesitate to put a handful of sand at the bottom of the hole.
  • The daffodil bulb is planted with the point upwards .
  • Plant them by the dozen in the same place to create real splashes of color!
  • You can vary the exposures to the sun in order to have different flowering periods.

Respect a spacing of about 5 cm and create several “spots” by planting your bulbs in sets of 8/10 bulbs.

  • Also find our advice sheet dedicated to planting bulbs

Potted for flowering in winter:

Florists offer pretty potted daffodils during the winter period.

We are outside the classic flowering periods because the bulbs have been forced to do so.

You too can make daffodils bloom inside your home, from fall until early spring.

  • From September to January,
  • In a pot or a cut, make a bed of compost on 3 or 4 cm.
  • Place 2 or 3 daffodil bulbs so that they touch each other for a nice compact effect.
  • Cover with potting soil, leaving just the tips of the bulbs sticking out.
  • Place everything in a cool , dark and relatively humid place.
  • As soon as the leaves come out, place the cut in a bright and slightly less cool place (about 10-15°)
  • A few days later you can put them in your house to enjoy the flowering.

Daffodil Care

Only cut the leaves when they have turned yellow , because that’s when they build up their reserves for the following year.

If you remove the foliage from the daffodils just after they bloom, they may not regrow well the following spring.

You can continue to water after flowering and even add flower plant fertilizer.

Potted daffodils:

Daffodils purchased and grown in pots are intended to bloom our interiors in winter . It is difficult to keep them in their pot because they will not bloom again unless you put them outside.

At the end of flowering, it is useless to keep your daffodils in pots because those that have flowered indoors only flower once.

  • You can nevertheless put the bulbs in the ground outside for flowering within 1 or 2 years, but this is not always guaranteed.

To know about the daffodil

The daffodil has many varieties such as the “daffodil” (Narcissus jonquilla) which enchants our gardens from the month of February.

Although the flowering time of daffodils is relatively short (about 15 days), you will appreciate its small tufts of color while the tulips are not yet out.

The flowers come out according to the sunshine. To extend this flowering period , do not hesitate to plant bulbs in less sunny areas in order to enjoy them until May.

Every day, he then went to contemplate the reflection of his image in a fountain. One day, he even tried to kiss her, drowned and turned into a flower, the narcissus .

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